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Who doesn’t want to upgrade their lives? If you look at self-help and productivity stats, you’ll see that it is a booming and growing industry. We want to improve. One of the biggest challenges we often face though is trying to do too much too quickly. If you spend some time to make a plan, you have a much better chance of nailing it by taking small steps towards your end goal. For a lot of women, menopause signifies a new chapter in their life or is also timed in their lives when they might be facing a lot of change such as children leaving home or having to care for aging parents.

FIRST THING’S FIRST

Decide what you want to upgrade. You can’t do everything. Prioritise the aspects of your life you want to upgrade. Once you’ve settled on that, you can formulate a plan on how to actually do it. For instance, suppose you want to improve a skill or learn a new one. Find out what’s involved, and then map out small steps that you can take to accomplish your goal.

BABY STEPS

We often make the mistake of trying to fast-track our upgrade. If you tried to learn a new skill in two days, you could end up tying yourself in knots. That would have the opposite effect, which is counterproductive. Try breaking up what you need to do into small, 15-minute chunks. Then, schedule those activities for the next few months. Plot realistic sessions into your diary. You’re much more likely to do it if you write it down.

Universities have been structuring their learning in this way for years. Students take a course for an hour or two at a time. Then, they move on to their next class. This is spread out over several months. The reason they do it this way is that it works!

LITTLE & OFTEN

While you can take on multiple upgrades at the same time, don’t go overboard. You need to make sure your current plan is working. Otherwise, you’ll start sinking. When that happens, you run the risk of not continuing with your plan. Bad times. You were looking forward to You 2.0.

IT’S YOUR PLAN

Don’t listen to what other people think you should upgrade. It’s your life, and you’re the one that‘s working the plan.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

If you slip on the way to your upgrade, don’t be too hard on yourself. Life is busy and shit happens. Self-improvement isn’t something people usually include in their daily schedule. It is a mindset shift, and it takes a while to get used to new ways. This is why you should keep the sessions short. By making little changes every day, the upgrades will become habits. After a while, it will become second nature.

Hello life upgrade, it’s nice to meet you!

What small changes could you make today to work towards upgrading your life. Share them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Hi, I'm Kerry. I'm a menopause coach for women who want to take control of their menopause and do it their way.

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